April 17, 2013

Newsfile, April 18

Dew affected Sehwag's back

Devashish Fuloria

Virender Sehwag absence towards the closing stages of Delhi Daredevils' tight match in Bangalore was due to recurrence of his back problem because of the dew. Sehwag left the field after 17 overs in the second innings and thus, couldn't come out to bat during the Super Over.

"Yesterday evening was a cool one and there was a lot of dew. This led to the recurrence of Viru's back problem. Suddenly there was a lot of stiffness in his back and he was unable to stand on the field. There was no other option but to send Pawan Negi as the substitute fielder," a Daredevils support staff said on Wednesday.

The batsman, though, remains available for Thursday's match against Super Kings.

Du Plessis arrives in Chennai

Faf du Plessis, who was the first-choice opener for Chennai Super Kings last season, has arrived in Chennai. But he won't be able to take part immediately as the Super Kings squad is already in Delhi. The team will continue to Kolkata for their next match on Saturday. Du Plessis is likely to be available for Super Kings' home game against Rajasthan Royals. "Back in my second home Chennai. Long day of traveling but lovely to be back. Great energy here," du Plessis tweeted.

The news of du Plessis' arrival would have come as a boost for Super Kings, whose top order, apart from a strong partnership between Michael Hussey and M Vijay in Mohali, has appeared fragile this season. Du Plessis scored 398 runs, with three half-centuries, at a strike rate of 130.92 last season.

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Posted by RP225 on (April 19, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

The next couple of series are played abroad where obviously batting will be challenging. If not opening, at least Viru should be taken as a middle order which he is in the first place.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Yes, viru is sleeping giant. but he is sleeping too much now a days. why even flat track can't wake him up.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (April 18, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Boycott is right-Viru's days are over....

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Viru shud take inspiration from his old pal Gambhir and give a proper answer to Dhoni and Indian selectors.One can never ignore a sleeping giant...today is the day Viru...u have to be the last man standing.

Posted by jigu7 on (April 18, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

DD will win today, CSK big defeat like mumbai

Posted by bijumonssss on (April 18, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

sehwag is agreat man agreat hero for indian cricket sure he will bounce back and proove that what he can do with bat we love u man wishing you a great comeback!!

duplessis wowh after last years ipl what a change man faf against aussies . ancious to see u back in yellow man !!!1

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Things will got better for CSK.. Hussey or DPlesis play or even Bravo can be made to sit to draft him in

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